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Researcher: Christopher Hittinger

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Areas of Expertise
  • Disease biology
  • Cell biology
  • Computation, systems and synthetic biology
  • Development
  • Evolutionary and population genetics
  • Gene expression
  • Genomics and proteomics
  • Neuro and behavioral genetics
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Plants
  • Computational, systems & synthetic biology 
  • Evolutionary & population genetics 
  • Gene expression
  • Genomics and proteomics
  • Fungi
  • Evolution of the gene networks
  • Yeast carbon metabolism
  • Yeast biodiversity
  • Applications in brewing and biofuels
Web Site Chris Hittinger's Laboratory of Genetics Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20160046952 - Constructs and methods for genome editing and genetic engineering of fungi and protists, published February 2016.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Horizontally acquired genes in early-diverging pathogenic fungi enable the use of host nucleosides and nucleotides. Alexander WG, Wisecaver JH, Rokas A, Hittinger CT. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Mar 29. pii: 201517242. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Genomics and the making of yeast biodiversity. Hittinger CT, Rokas A, Bai FY, Boekhout T, Gonçalves P, Jeffries TW, Kominek J, Lachance MA, Libkind D, Rosa CA, Sampaio JP, Kurtzman CP. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2015 Dec;35:100-9. doi: 10.1016/j.gde.2015.10.008. Epub 2015 Nov 30. Review.

  • Efficient engineering of marker-free synthetic allotetraploids of Saccharomyces. Alexander WG, Peris D, Pfannenstiel BT, Opulente DA, Kuang M, Hittinger CT. Fungal Genet Biol. 2016 Apr;89:10-7. doi: 10.1016/j.fgb.2015.11.002. Epub 2015 Nov 7.

  • The Genome Sequence of Saccharomyces eubayanus and the Domestication of Lager-Brewing Yeasts. Baker E, Wang B, Bellora N, Peris D, Hulfachor AB, Koshalek JA, Adams M, Libkind D, Hittinger CT. Mol Biol Evol. 2015 Nov;32(11):2818-31. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv168. Epub 2015 Aug 11.

View Christopher Hittinger's publications at PubMed.
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E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-890-2586
Current University UW–Madison
Department Genetics
Title Assistant Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 4102 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building
Address Line 2 425 Henry Mall
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
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Technologies Available for Licensing Locally Sourced Yeast from the Chicago Area

Wisconsin-Sourced Lager Yeast